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December 7, 2011

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December 7, 2011

I came in to help with a logo design to Ban the Foam (a motion to ban styrofoam in areas of California) and I had a wonderful experience working with this organization. Surfrider has been behind many great motions to keep trash - especially plastics and foams that don't biodegrade - out of our oceans. They create a huge impact with a very small budget and lots of dedicated (and friendly!) volunteers.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 1, 2010

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April 1, 2010

I initially got involved with the local San Francisco chapter of Surfrider eight years ago to help redesign their website. I went on to be the chapter's volunteer coordinator and eventually the chairman. For beach lovers, surfers and ocean sports people, and anyone who understands the threat our oceans and coastlines is currently under, I can't think of an organization that is better at raising awareness on the issues that matter to me quite like Surfrider. This organization has mobilized members in hundreds of locales on hundreds of issues, and has proven an adaptable organization whose focus is both resolved to protect oceans and coastlines, but also whose campaigns are flexible enough to change with member inputs and the energy of the constituency. If you want to get involved in these issues, I'd challenge you to find a better platform to have your voice heard and see your ideas mobilized into supported action.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and fun-loving folks who want to both build a local community around like-minded locals, but also people who are passionate about giving their time to a meaningful cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire a full-time employee for the major chapters who could dedicate time throughout the week to seeing through the dozens of good, local improvement ideas that go unfinished due to volunteer time constraints.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 11, 2009

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April 11, 2009

I grew up in Ocean City, MD. The Surfrider Foundation has a big presence in my town due to the high volume of tourists that are attracted to the beach during the summer months. The contribute to the success that Ocean City has in keeping the beaches clean and free of debris every day. The non-profit that has been established is extremely beneficial to everyone in the community, not just beach-goers and people who surf.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the daily life at the beach in Ocean City, MD but I know they have presence all over the USA.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand to cities and inland areas.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

directly seeing the results everyday at the beach and seeing people get engaged in the mission of the company.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and stoked.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

let all of America know about its mission and motivate a LOT more people to help out and raise funding.

Ways to make it better...

I was more connected with the organization prior to volunteering.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting volunteers to come out to the beach clean-up sessions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization can contribute to all people, not just people at the beach and tree-huggers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

April 9, 2009

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April 9, 2009

Growing up on the Florida coastline I learned of the importance of a clean and healthy waterway system. Now that I have moved to the west coast, Surfrider is still here to make sure that we have a balance between industry, lifestyle and clean water. I have often promoted the work surfrider does to my friends and associates. As a Conservative Republican, one may not link my political interests with my environmental protection...but let me assure you surfrider has the ability to reach every person of all backgrounds and beliefs because clean beaches, coastlines, and water is important to everyone on the planet. They use many tools to reach out and communicate to their members, and beach cleanups and civic meetings are always well populated. I make it a point to do as much as I can for surfrider, because I want them to as much as they can to adhere to their mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every visit I make to the beach, and in helping to stop civic projects that would cause harm to the environment.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the great work they are currently doing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how they keep every member informed with out killing trees to do it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always energenic, polite and accepting.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to the beach and could help out more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

misconceptions and political attitudes from other groups, while the surfrider foundation always helps to bridge the gap and find alternatives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I do not donate money to any other organizations except the Republican party and the Surfrider foundation, both groups are important to me and I am passionate in my support of both.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 9, 2009

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April 9, 2009

How many non profits can say that they have helped stop a massive toll road project that was proposed to run right through one of the most historic surf spots in So. Cal? Now, they are rallying the members to speak out against more offshore gas and oil drilling. Hooray Surfrider Foundation!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Inspiring people to save the Ocean, surf spots and the environment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build a huge boat and clean up the giant island of plastic in the pacific ocean.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are as passionate about saving the ocean as I am.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Open, friendly and passionate about their cause!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Further their Global mission to stop Ocean pollution.

Ways to make it better...

More people would care about our planet.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Big oil companies and politicians who don't care about the ocean.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is possible to save this planet, if we all join together and do something everyday.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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